Tiger nut chocolate chip cookies are soft, chewy and so delicious! They’re the perfect cookie recipe for those following a nut free paleo diet.
You might be wondering — “Why tiger nuts, Jen?”
Well, my obsession with tiger nuts started a while back when the BF was having bad gut reactions to nuts.
At that time, most of the treats I made contained some form of nut which were a big NO for him. So, I began searching for a nut replacement that would not only make delicious treats, but also keep his belly happy.
It turns out that tiger nuts, which are small tubers and not actual nuts, are a great alternative since they have a similar taste and texture to nuts. I like to describe them as a cross between an almond and pecan with a hint of honey.
Eventually the BF’s issue with nuts went away, BUT the loads of tiger nuts and tiger nut flour that I bought didn’t!
SO, when life gives you tiger nuts, make tiger nut everything! Right?!
This time around I decided to try a classic treat–THE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE! Turns out that tiger nut flour works well as a base. These cookies turned out soft and chewy, like all chocolate chip cookies should be.
If you’re following a nut free paleo diet (or maybe you just want to add more variety and nutrients to your diet), I highly recommend this recipe.
DID YOU KNOW? Artificial sweeteners may be holding you back from losing excess weight – and could be causing you to gain weight!
Artificial sweeteners affect your food cravings and your ability to manage your body’s signals for hunger and fullness. These sweeteners are very addictive unlike natural sweeteners that leave you feeling more satisfied.
So, if you tend to use artificial sweeteners or refined sugar products like Splenda, agave, aspartame or sugar, I highly recommend replacing these with unrefined natural sweeteners like maple syrup and raw honey.
Unrefined natural sweeteners contain higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes.
Try my chewy Flourless Pumpkin Spice Cookies with maple syrup. When used in moderation, maple syrup can help to better manage blood sugar, all while creating great tasting recipes.
When it comes to gluten free baking, almond flour recipes are hard to beat. This low-carb flour is an ideal option for people with IBS or following a paleo diet.
It offers all the flavor and texture of traditional baked goods, but without the grains that can cause bloating and other GI symptoms.
Almond flour recipes can also add valuable benefits to your goodies, like protein, trace minerals, and vitamins.
So, if you’re looking for a great almond flour recipe to try, I highly recommend these chewy orange almond cookies. These cookies are not only super easy to whip up – with only 5 ingredients – but they’re also the perfect combination of healthy and delicious!
RECIPE NOTE: Orange is a great compliment to almond and makes these cookies extra flavourful, BUT if you prefer plain almond cookies, feel free to omit the orange zest.
Orange Almond Cookies
INGREDIENTS: (makes 15 cookies)
2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 1 orange
15ish whole raw almonds
1. Combine almond flour and baking powder in a bowl and whisk together.
2. Add maple syrup/honey, vanilla extract and orange zest to bowl and combine ingredients using a spoon until a sticky dough forms and holds together (add some juice from the orange if batter is too crumbly).
3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, scoop batter with a teaspoon and roll into a ball. Place on baking sheet (1-2 inches of space between balls).
4. Press an almond into the top of each ball until a cookie shape is formed. For a chewy cookie, don’t flatten the dough too much.
5. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until edges start to brown. Let cool on baking sheet. Once cooled, store cookies in airtight container.
Hi! I’m Jennifer …
My mission is to help women heal their gut, lose weight and feel great through simple and delicious smoothies, whole food nutrition & healthy lifestyle habits.